Get Naked and Think Fast (feat. ChatGPT)

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The human v. machine “battle” has been a theme since the dawn of the industrial age. At times, our fears of being replaced by new technology have clouded our hopes that we’ll be able to leave the grunt work to machines and focus on the uniquely human stuff.

ChatGPT is the heavy machinery of the information age, a steam-powered shovel of data drilling and an industrial loom of content creation. Try not to get so caught up in what jobs it will take that you forget what it will enable.

ChatGPT comes to us at a time when the world:

  • doesn’t need more content. We’re nose-deep in bad content created by humans every day. Vapid listicles. Cheesy shilling. This article.
  • could use better content. When you find something distilled, insightful, compelling—you know you’ve found the signal in all the noise.

ChatGPT alone won’t create better content. That still requires humans framing good questions and thinking critically about answers. But the bot can take your human thought and put some torque behind it. Ask it to:

  1. Digest a ton of info and distill it to an ounce of key points
  2. Generate, explain, and fix code
  3. Slog through legal docs, transcripts, policies
  4. Ideate big lists or drafts of anything you want to review and hone

In short, it’s key to view our relationship with ChatGPT as an alliance more than a battle to the death. Focus on your specialty—human curiosity, imagination, critical thinking powered by the OG gray matter—and leave ChatGPT to digging the information ditches.

The Showdown: AI Gets Totally Bodied

To show this in action, we challenged ChatGPT to collab with a copywriter (who shall remain nameless) to see if we can work together. As a reminder of his humanity, but mostly just so we could sneak “get naked” into the headline, the human contestant was nude for the duration.

Human: Write me a 350-word article that explores whether articles written by ChatGPT are superior or inferior to articles written by a highly skilled human writer.

As an AI language model, ChatGPT has been designed to produce written content that is indistinguishable from human writing {human: oh, we can still distinguish}. But despite its impressive abilities, the question remains: are articles written by ChatGPT superior or inferior to those produced by a highly skilled human writer? {human: disappointed you didn’t use this chance to reframe the question and argue they are simply different and potentially complementary}.

At first glance, it may seem that human writers have the advantage {human: will you be expecting many second glances in this world?}. After all, they possess creativity, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking skills that are difficult to replicate with an AI model {human: thanks! But at the risk of throwing some fellow humans under the bus, you’re making a bit of a generalization}. They can also write with a unique voice and tone that gives their work personality and nuance {human: let’s be clear, we ain’t all Cormac McCarthy… but at least ONE of us is}. Moreover, human writers can engage in research and develop an understanding of a topic beyond the data at hand, incorporating various viewpoints and approaches to form a nuanced and well-rounded perspective. {human: they can, but they often don’t. You can’t and maybe never will}.

However, it is important to note that ChatGPT has the ability to analyze vast amounts of data, learn from them, and generate coherent and insightful content in a matter of seconds {human: good because “vast” sounds tedious}. The speed and efficiency with which ChatGPT can produce written content is unparalleled by human writers {human: I think we already established the world doesn’t need more content}. In addition, ChatGPT can synthesize multiple sources of information and generate new insights and perspectives that are unique and innovative{human: synthesize, yes. Still waiting on the insight and perspective}.

In terms of accuracy, ChatGPT is less prone to errors and bias compared to human writers {human: let me direct you to some Twitter conspiracy threads that beg to differ. Plus, your own stated limitations admit you may generate “incorrect information,” “harmful instructions,” and “biased content”}. While human writers can sometimes be swayed by personal opinions or outside factors, ChatGPT can be programmed to follow strict guidelines and maintain consistency in its content {human: this lacks the self-awareness to see that if the programmed inputs include inconsistencies, opinions, or outside factors, your output will, too}. This makes ChatGPT a valuable tool for scientific research, medical diagnosis, and legal documents, where accuracy and precision are paramount {human: I don’t want to speak for every single person ever, but we concede you all these jobs so we can stop waiting 10 weeks for a diagnosis and paying attorneys $600/hour}.

Another advantage of ChatGPT is its ability to produce content in multiple languages, making it a valuable tool for global businesses and organizations {human: useful only if it’s good in even one single language first}. While human writers may struggle to produce content in multiple languages, ChatGPT can easily switch between languages, maintaining the same level of accuracy and coherence. {human: see lots of points above. Have you thought of trying this naked?}

In conclusion, while human writers possess certain skills and qualities that are difficult to replicate with an AI model, ChatGPT has unique advantages in terms of speed, accuracy, and the ability to generate new insights and perspectives {human: you completely buried the lede/thesis. No knowledge of persuasive writing in that big invisible brain of yours?}. While human writers will always have a place in the world of writing, ChatGPT is rapidly becoming an indispensable tool for businesses, researchers, and organizations seeking to produce high-quality content quickly and efficiently. {human: now we’re getting somewhere. You’ll take the grunt work so we can do the creative, insightful, distilled communication we need to replace the volumes of crapola and information overload out there.}

Final Verdict
{human: Needs a snappy headline, a gimmicky imagined dialog, or something else to make a remotely memorable read. In short, thanks for giving it a whirl; we’ll take it from here.}

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